Soasta unwraps BrowserFarm for cloud testing

A little less than one month after announcing its service for Web applications, cloud testing provider Soasta debuts BrowserFarm for load-testing. 

As part of its CloudTest On-Demand offering, BrowserFarm enables customers to "generate browser-based users driving load for the cloud," according to a statement prepared by the company.

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The service can be used to test loads with actual browsers for enhancing large-scale Web applications and services, to define sets of users, and to provision groups of actual browsers running Web scenarios created by the customer.

"This new feature lets customers add browser users appropriately to their larger-scale Web load tests or choose a browser-only load test leveraging our CloudTest Global Platform and real-time analytics," Soasta CEO Tom Lounibos said in the statement.

The goal is to arm customers with understanding about why Web surfers abandon shopping carts, what causes poor user experience, and why transactions freeze.

The company says that customers simply provide the URL to be tested and Soasta provides them hourly load-testing along with the necessary software, hardware in the cloud, and provisions, as well as analysis and results reporting.

In the middle of February, Soasta made available a service for testing Web applications under simulated conditions.

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